Classroom Notes

From the Desk of Mrs. Peterson

December 5-9, 2016


We have been working on multiplication in math. Our in-class focus has been story problems where students are asked to multiply and divide. Students are doing this by drawing pictures to solve problems.

We are starting to work on memorizing our basic multiplication facts (one digit by one digit; ex. 3x7, 2x9). We do a 3 minute timing every day to see how we are progressing with our facts.

Math Ice Cream Sundaes

Your child might have told you about a Sundae Party. This spring, 3rd grade teachers will be hosting a Sundae Party for the students. Students have started to work towards earning different toppings for their sundaes. As they master their basic multiplication facts they add parts to their sundae. In our class we have a good number of students who have earned their bowl! Here is the break down of what they earn:

2's facts: bowl

3's facts: spoon

4's facts: ice cream

5's facts: hot fudge

6's facts: carmel

7's facts: whipped cream

8's facts: banana and sprinkles

9's facts: cherry

The order I am testing the students is: 0's, 1's, 2's, 5's, 10's, 3's, 4's, 6's, 7's, 8's, and 9's.


Students have been working through the writing process with their Personal Narratives. Many students are working on editing their narratives and will soon be publishing them.

I am excited to read what the students' have written. This will be the first writing assignment they will do this year.


On Friday, we took a test on story elements. Students did an amazing job identifying the problem, key details in the story that helped the problem, and the moral (or lesson) of the story. I take their test results and transfer those scores to our Wildcat reading IRLAs. This will show their growth in reading skills throughout the year!

This up coming week and until winter break we will work on describing characters in a story (their traits, motivations, or feelings) and talk about how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.

Social Studies

Students have enjoyed going to Mrs. Pearson's room to learn about Social Studies. They have learned about directions, the equator, the globe and have worked with maps.

Winter Weather

Now that winter is approaching, please dress your child for the weather. They will be outside for recess most days. Hats, mittens, winter jackets are preferable. When the snow comes students must be wearing boots and snow pants in order to play in the snow.

Speaking of snow... I have everyone's early release information. If you would like to change your plan, it's as easy as telling me. Otherwise I will be following the plan if we have an early release this year.

If school is cancelled, you can find that information on the KEYC website, many of the area radio stations will announce it as well. I always call the Mankato district weather line at (507) 386-4777. Let's hope this information dose not need to be used this year!!

Upcoming Events

December 5

*Olivia's Half Birthday

*Counselor's Classroom Lesson

December 7

Schoolwide Wildcat Rally

December 8

STEAM Science Assembly--Minnesota's Science Museum will visit and give a presentation

December 12

PAWS Drawing

6:30 PTO meeting in Media Center